Coffee Monday Talk- 3 Simple Ways We Can Increase Our Happiness

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Good Monday! Todays Coffee Monday Blog will be about Happiness.

 

Majority of us strive to be happy, it’s that inadequate feeling we get sometimes. There are a couple of ways we can attain happiness via shopping,- even if it’s the small things-traveling, starting a new relationship, ending a negative relationship, etc… All these things and more can really bring such a tremendous impulse of happiness but after a while that feeling fades then you move on to “now what?”. You see happiness doesn’t come after you get what you want, true happiness is something we constantly have to work on. It’s that feeling of feeling whole and complete regardless of our situations. It’s a tricky topic to talk about but I think i will dabble a little into how to create more happiness in your life.  Here are 3 simple ways we can work on our happiness- key word is “work” its a work in progress. I am speaking for myself too.  You can’t accomplish something until you believe you can do it. – So lets believe we can strive for true happiness.

Gratitude

  1. Morning Prayer, Meditation & Gratitude: Starting your day off right is a fundamental key to a happier life. Taking 5 minutes in the morning to really appreciate the goodness in life, despite some your hardships. Because no matter the tough times you may encounter, you may not have a choice in how some things may turn out but you do have a choice in the way you react to it. Victor E Frankl quoted in his book Mans Search for MeaningEverything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  Our attitude is everything and when we have more gratitude in our everyday life it can increase our happiness tremendously. Another great way of  maintaining gratitude everyday is the 5 Minute Journal.    

Patience

Be Patient with Yourself- Have self compassion, even though things aren’t going right.Your mornings may started off crappy- you over slept, didn’t eat breakfast, spouse or kids driving you crazy-  we’ve all been there once in a while. We cant control how some things play out, the truth of the matter is that we can’t we need to be patient with life and ourselves. I know its easier said then done, but practice being patient. It won’t come right away but with time it will help easier your problems. Let the past be the past, work on the present and await the future with a smile. Whatever your journey maybe be, take it step-by-step. Learn from your mistakes , you miss out on so much in life when you beat yourself up. Patience is key to discovering the beauty of life. Truthfully, I am not a patient person by any means but I try, try very hard some days- but maybe not hard enough, it’s a constant struggle. Having patience means being able to wait calmly in the face of frustration or adversity, so anywhere there is frustration or adversity—i.e., nearly everywhere—we have the opportunity to practice it.

Kindess

Kindness– There is no better feeling then seeing someone smile, especially when its because of you. Sometimes when we focus to much on ourselves we become self centered and that can get us a far, but acts of kindness bring a joy will get us farther. We are very disconnected in this world of technology, the more we have the less we are social. So lets put down our phones and give each other our full attention, lets seek out the goodness in us all and strive to make each other smile.Lets be honest, its very hard to be nice all the time, especially if you know someone who can really press those “do no touch” buttons we all have. I read Dale Carnegie’s Book  “How to Win Friends & Influence People” and it forever changed the way I communicate with people, and there was a part in his book that really moved me. “You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kinds words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a life time”  We don’t realize the effect of our words, so lets try to spread kindness today.

Have a great start to your week!

Why Makeup Forever has the Best Metal Makeup Palettes!

Ill never forget my first Z-palette, it was a birthday gift from my sister- I was so excited I started depotting everything, eyeshadows, bronzer, blushes that night. It was perfect for when I traveled to makeup clients and over just having my less bulk in my makeup storage.

All was well until I started purchasing Mac single shadows. I realized that they would fall out of the Z-palette. But they wouldn’t stick to the z-palette- turns out they have crappy magnets. So I purchased the Mac empty palettes but still wasn’t satisfied because I had all my shadows in two separate palettes.  One big issue I had with both palettes was that the eye shadows always fell out! It was very frustrating, I was always fixing broken eye shadows, which got real messy and took time. Before I purchased I had done a lot of reviews and majority had great reviews. They did tweak the palette a little from the older version and raised the price. Ah… what a shame I came to late but what can I do? I waited till there was a sale and ordered the Makeup Forever Metal Palette but….the mac eye shadows still kept on falling out. Long story short the magnet on the back of the Mac eyeshadows sucks, I don’t know why but they do. Ugh… I had to replace all of the backs on them and wallah, all my single beauties fit in this XL Palette.

 

Don’t get me wrong both the Mac and Z-palette where great but I needed something much much stronger for traveling.

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Review: The magnetic back on this palette is really strong, its all metal tin and has a see through top. It’s very durable and strong- you shouldn’t really throw it around to test it out, haha. It’s light weight and holds a great amount of shadows. The only problem I have with this palette is that it has this weird 1/2″ space between my regular sized eyeshadows so I have to piece them together in a honeycomb way. But that really isn’t an issue that would prevent me from purchasing more of these palettes. There really isn’t much to say about to it except that its great.

 

This palette is a labor of love, seriously.

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I have accumulated all of these shadows over the past 3 years,  so it took a defintely took a while to build up. But that’s a beauty of it, you slowly build up your own palette. Even if you are not a makeup aritst I always suggest to my friends who want to get the “best” without spending an arm and a leg on a palette. Go to MAC, Makeup Geek, Colour Pop, Luxie Beauty, Makeup Forever etc… there are endless options when it comes to companies that sell their own individual eyeshadows. I highly recommend the Makeup Geek or MAC cosmetics eyeshadows.

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On the left side are MAC cosmetics eyeshadows. The larger pans are the MAKEUP Forever Eyeshadows which has discontinued, I emailed them several times but they changed around the formulas and pigments, so I can’t even compare. Sorry guys! On the right side the are the Buxom eyeshadows.   

These currently are my favorite shadows that work well in my makeup kit.

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Amazon Find: Comfiest Skirt Ever! Esteez Skirt in Brooklyn

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I started to wear skirts 10 years ago and never went back to pants. Now finding a really great comfy skirt isn’t all that easy. I don’t like A-line skirts, they just don’t suit my body type- maybe ill wear one once in a while. So I have been on a mission to find the best, cutest and trending pencil skirts. All was going well until I had my kids, my hips grew in size- my hips expanded two sizes up to be exact. So, I have an excuse to get more shopping done. I never was too big on online, just because its easier to go out. Until the kids came along- not only my skirt size changed but, everything changed. Like mom parents,I just don’t have the availability like I used to -my kids go every where I go, so taking them clothing shopping gets a little bit tricky. Don’t get me wrong there are days I do get to go shopping by myself but sometimes online shopping will do.

 

I ordered this skirt by word of mouth & fell in love with it. The quality is great, has a great a stretch to it, and just fits great!’ There are no buttons or zippers which I really e joy because zippers are annoying, they always open up, unlike this where it’s just an easy slip on. The skirt I am wearing in the photo is the CornFlower Blue Skirt and plan on getting more colors ( I will add more photo’s soon!)

You can get it on Amazon and it comes in 8 different colors. The sizing ranges from  0 to 18plus, awesome right?

 

 

Megan Markle’s Wedding Makeup, Hair & Dress Details!

The wedding of the year has finally come around and I missed it! Yes I am ashamed of myself but I didn’t freak out because I knew youtube would have it seconds later. Well I only saw it 3 days later- talk about procrastinating right? I was uber excited, but when I was saw her dress and makeup I was surprised to see how simple it was, don’t get me wrong it was beautiful, elegant & simple. Women around the world probably wore a similar dress, but common your marrying a prince, she couldn’t think of something more creative? 2 Billion people around the world have tuned in to watch (except me) the royal wedding.

Princess Diana & Kate Middleton had such beautiful wedding dresses, the excitement and anticipation was felt around the world. For Prince Harry’s and Megan Markle’s wedding it was nothing short of that, probably even more eagerness awaited there wedding because she is an American, whoop whoop!

Nearly all the news channels talked about Megan Markle and Prince Harry, ugh I couldn’t get enough, I was really excited. Honestly had my standards set high,- maybe a little bit too high.  I’ll break down as much as I can from hair to the jewelry pieces and last but not least the dress.

 

Megan 3Meghan Markle wearing a messy bun and veil. Photo: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Makeup & Hair Breakdown

 

Her makeup artist Daniel Martin, who is a Dior and Honest Beauty ambassador & a long time well known friend of Megan. Martin has been a friend of Markle’s for years, doing her makeup frequently for red carpets and press junkets. So he was pretty familiar with Megans makeup style.

Foundation is very sheer, you can see her freckles- safe to say there are no blemishes. Megan Markle stated multiple interviews that she hates when makeup artists or photo editors hide them. So Daniel Martin did a great of showcasing them, without making her skin look to bare. He also opt for a light smokey eye & fluttery lashes, with strong brows that where filled in in the most perfect way. Here lips had a sheer light lipstick on that faded away with time. A lot of women prefer to look like themselves on their wedding day, as apposed to drama and all that glam. It was Meghan, only better – natural beauty was enhanced but not exaggerated.

Meghan Markle’s makeup at the royal wedding is described by the beauty and lifestyle press as “refreshingly simple” & “natural beauty.”

 

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Her Hairstylist Serge Normant styled her hair into a “messy bun”. Normant has a salon in New York and works with Sarah Jessica Parker & other a list celebrities. Her messy updo has a whole entire section on Pinterest dedicated to messy updo’s and simplistic makeup. This just might be a new trend, or it probably is trending.

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How stunning is this crown?  her look was topped off with this beautiful Tiara, alongside the “Galanterie de Cartier earrings” by French jeweler Cartier & bracelet. According to royal tradition, only married women are permitted to wear tiaras, though there have been some exceptions. The newly-minted Duchess of Sussex wore the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, which was loaned to the bride by the Queen.
Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara is a diamond and opal-encrusted tiara that was commissioned for Queen Mary, wife of King George V, by English jeweler Garrard in 1925. As such, a wedding tiara holds particular significance as it is a sartorial symbol of a union and fidelity.

Dress Breakdown

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 Meghan’s super-simple wedding gown by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy has them feeling. Don’t get me wrong, it is beautiful, but…. it’s a tad bit too simple. Even though its modest, clean & elegant something seemed off. Maybe it was the fit? Some people actually have voiced their opinions stating that her dress was a tad to big on her – which I totally agree with. But maybe that was the goal for her, maybe she did want to actually breath and be relaxed in the dress, it goes both way. But common, you are marrying the prince! Megan could’ve sucked it up for one day & should’ve gone for a more fitted look.  What do you think, let me know. I know I am not the only who was slightly disappointed by this simplistic theme.
Its an open beateau neckline, long sleeve, sinched in at the waist and flares out on the bottom. To be honest that was my favorite part of the dress, the Boat-neck, it 1accentuates her shoulders and neck beautifully -adding an elegant & sophisticated for the decollete area.
And how can I forget to mention the stunningly long veil, which is visibley longer then the hemline. My personal opinion on the veil is that it saved the whole look, maybe without it it would’ve looked too simple. Veil’s are an iconic piece to complete the bride wedding attire.

The official statement from the Palace:

“Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.

True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”

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 This is the sketch of the wedding dress.
Comparing her to the Duchess of Cambridge –  who was careful to wear a look by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen- has my picking favorites. Kate definitely won the dress battle, since the time area is not to far apart, – if we where to compare Diana to Kate-  style hasn’t changed that much. I just love the lace detail and how her dress fits better and flairs out more. But that’s just my opinion.

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Megan Markle did change into a beautiful Stell Macartney Dress afterwards. Can I let you in on a little secret? I like this dress much more then the original one she wore earlier.

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Quickest Pick Me Up- Benifit’s Ooh La Lift

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Ever since my children arrived on this planet I have been very sleep deprived;  and I thought staying up for finals was bad. Nothing compares to those grueling waking hours, feeding, changing etc… and as soon as I would shut my eyes, the sun would start to rise.  I didn’t really have the whole “under eye bag” situation until those consecutive sleepless nights added up. What did I do? I turned to my all time favorite Bobbi Brown Corrector to help, but then I had to add concealer and setting powder to complete the look. It was getting to much on the days I was running late – pretty much all the time- some days I wouldn’t apply any makeup. Then I would catch glimp’s of myself in a mirror and gasp, my under eyes where horrendous.

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A couple of weeks ago I stopped of my moms to drop off the kids to get some shopping done for the kids. Then as usual I start snooping around my moms typical makeup drawer to quickly apply mascara and nothing else. Then I came across this Benifit’s Ooh La Lift Eye Brightener, I applied it under my eyes along with my one my favorite Loreal Telescope Mascara & quietly snuck out the door before my kids noticed. Later on in the day I caught glimpse of myself & I was amazed, its as if I’ve had a full 12 hours and 2 naps during the day. I looked so alive and refreshed, despite the fact that I only wore Mascara and The Ooh La Lift.  This product retails for $23 and has 0.25oz of product.

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When I came back I asked my mom why she didn’t use and she said she doesn’t need it and was going to return it – I get it, this product isn’t for everyone- guess who went home with it? Yes, that’s right I did. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now when I have the “No Makeup Days”.

When I mean no Makeup Days I mean it, no blush, concealer etc… just the Ooh La Lift and I am out the door. Definitely, a product you need if you have had lack of sleep and your under-eye area is looking a bit dull or screaming for help.

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For some reason this products is a highly under rated, not enough women use it nor talk about.  There are multiple ways to use this, alone or as  a primer because it gets your under eyes in shape ready for concealer. I like to apply a lot  of product and gently massage it into my skin swiping outwards, from my nose to the outer sides of my eye.

There really isn’t much to do with this product, just apply and wallah you are done.

What is your quick pick me up?

Let me know in the comments below!